Entertainment Tonight, or some such “news” program just aired a clip of an interview with Vinnie Barbarino aka Johnny Travolta and it made me uncomfortable. As with any actor I have a hard time believing anything that comes out of most of their mouths, but this is off the charts. Here’s the transcript:
Did you know Heath? How has his death affected you?
JT: I did know Heath and I adored him. I am pretty devastated over this. He was my favourite actor and my favourite talent. It’s like losing James Dean. I would give back all my awards and all my nominations just to have him back â€” I think he is a real loss as a persona and as a talent. And this whole evening is very hard for me. We are celebrating Australia week in the USA â€” and it’s killing me. You know that he’s both of us. He’s Australian and from the United States, and he means a whole lot. It’s bad situation.
How did you meet him?
JT: I wanted to meet him because I was very impressed with him from the very beginning. His agent introduced me to him at a party, and I just fell â€” I used every accolade. Actors need other actors to be inspired by, and he was “my” actor.
How did he respond?
JT: I forget that anyone younger than me grew up with me. He was beautiful in his reaction. I was an idol of his â€” my reacting that way to his work really blew him away, but he was very modest and almost bashful about the compliment â€” and didn’t want to make a big deal about himself. But he was a big deal.